Estate Administration in Hayward, California

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Estate administration, in basic terms, is the process of maintenance and distribution of a person's assets after they die.

If the decedent had the foresight to draft and execute a will in Hayward, California, the estate is normally administered in a way that follows the instructions the will lays out, as closely as possible.

The decedent typically names in the will an executor of his or her estate. The executor is the person whose job it is to take the lead role in the administration of an estate.

The person named as executor of an estate typically has some work ahead of them. To ensure that they truly follow through on their obligations, most people name as executor the person who will get the most money, or other benefit, if the will is given effect as written. Because an estate can't be distributed until the administration process is complete, the executor has an incentive to see it through.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If a will in Hayward, California does not name a person to serve as executor, or the decedent dies without having written a will, the court will appoint a person to act as estate administrator.

This is normally the person who will benefit the most if the will is executed. If there is no will (a situation identified as "intestacy"), California has a system of laws distributing the decedent's property to his or her closest living relative. In such a situation, the closest living relative has the most to gain from an orderly administration of the estate, so they will normally be appointed.

If the will doesn't name a person who is to serve as executor, or the person named is no longer alive or cannot be found, anyone with a direct interest in the will can apply to the Hayward, California court to be the executor.

Whoever is appointed to serve as executor, it is their job to act as the representative of the estate. Among other jobs, they have to account for the decedent's debts and assets, and inform any beneficiaries who might be unaware of the situation.

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Can a Hayward, California Estate Administration Attorney Help?

Some people are surprised when they find out they've been named the executor of a relative's estate. The responsibilities can seem daunting, but with the help of a knowledgeable Hayward, California attorney, the process almost always goes pretty smoothly.

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Life in Hayward

Hayward, California is a city in Alameda County, California, in the Eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area (the "East Bay"). It has a population of 145,000 people. 

Human habitation of the area now known as Hayward, California dates back to at least 6,000 years ago, and probably longer, with various Native American tribes living in the area. In the 19th Century, the first people of European descent settled the area, when Mexican settlers relocated to the Bay Area, at a time when California was still part of Mexico.

Modernly, Hayward, California is home to California State University, East Bay, which is a large public university. This school is particularly known for its excellent programs in business, economics, and education. It also happens to be one of the largest employers in Hayward, and a driving force behind the local economy. Some of the university's graduates have gone on to law school, and are now respected Hayward, California attorneys.

Accordingly, if you need legal advice or information in Hayward, California, chances are good that you will be able to find a local Hayward attorney who can help you with whatever legal issue you might be facing.

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